Published on
20 February 2020

Comedian Jo Caulfield supporting young people in Edinburgh into work  

Stand-up Jo Caulfield gave her support to Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland taking part in Fit for Work Through CashBack workshops with young people from Edinburgh, with a view to helping them into work or training.

During the two-hour bespoke workshop Jo spoke about the skills and techniques she used which helped her on her journey from being a waitress to top comedian and writer.

Jo, a long term supporter of the charity appearing in its first Big Comedy Benefit in 2012, talking about the workshops she said: “It was a pleasure, an interesting and fun bunch to work with.  I don’t know if it was of any use to them, I hope so because I learnt a lot from them - mainly to remember how individual and different each young person is. I was grateful for their attention, always happy to offer advice or help.”

She said there were a few in the group who had a ‘knack for comedy, had a great way with words, a killer attitude and would be brilliant to see on stage.’

A fantastic endorsement from one of the best female comics in the country.

The Fit for Work Through Cashback programme, at the charity’s Ferry Road office, is running a series of different workshops and activities for young people which include employability activities and vocational skills which will help them reengage with group work and on their journey to employment.


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Pic 1  - Photographs Barnardo’s Works Edinburgh A from left to right:

Chloe McCormack, Jo Caulfield, Lauren Gemmell, James Thorburn, Nicola O’Brien (Barnardo’s Works Project Worker), Tony Catchpole and Francesco Williamson.

Pic 2Photographs Barnardo’s Works Edinburgh B from left to right:

Francesco Williamson, Lauren Gemmell Tony Catchpole, John Donlin,

left to right front Nicola O’Brien (Barnardo’s Works Project Worker), Chloe McCormack, Jo Calfield Krzysz Sapinski, Steven Banks.

Barnardo’s Scotland works with more than 16,300 children and young people in over 140 specialised community-based services across Scotland, and 95 shops across the country directly supporting the services. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

Visit to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.  Twitter: @BarnardosScot Facebook: Barnardo’s Scotland 


Barnardo’s Scotland media office - 0131 446 7022 or 0131 446 7101, National media office (24 hours) 020 8 498 7555, email [email protected]